Tesla wins case against eco-activists in Germany


A German court rejected the injunction against obtaining production permits.

Tesla has come a step closer to opening its plant in Europe after a German court dismissed a lawsuit from two environmental groups that would have prevented the automaker from conducting important tests. The lawsuit, filed by the environmental associations Gruene Liga and NABU, was aimed at preventing preliminary functional testing of parts of the plant being built in Grünheide near Berlin.

Both groups filed an objection earlier this month, arguing that Tesla had not sufficiently clarified the precautions it would take to prevent the highly toxic gas from leaking from the plant.

The Administrative Court of Frankfurt an der Oder has rejected an emergency statement from two environmental groups, Automobilewoche reported. Planned tests include equipment in the paint shop, foundry and body shop. In addition, the installation of wastewater treatment tanks and a filling system has been agreed in advance.

The court stated that it was not clear that the temporary functional tests would cause a hazard in the context of the Major Accident Ordinance.

The court noted that only small quantities of substances hazardous to water would be used during the functional tests. The court stated that the trial operation of the plant’s components did not pose a significant risk of the release of harmful emissions into the environment.

Environmentalists can appeal the decision to the Berlin-Brandenburg Supreme Administrative Court (OVG).

Recall that the American automaker wants to produce about 500 thousand Model 3 and Model Y cars annually in Grünheide. However, the company still does not have a final environmental building permit. The timing of the final decision is unclear.

Tesla faced a series of setbacks en route to completion, with CEO Elon Musk personally expressing disappointment with complex regulations and bureaucracy making it difficult to open the plant.